No.194 - 11 July 2018
Greater EU-NATO Cooperation Underway
On 10 July, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg met. They agreed to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas: improving the military mobility of troops & equipment, common preparedness for cyber & hybrid attacks, fighting terrorism & stopping migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. As President Tusk said, "The aim is clear. We want to protect European citizens with all possible means available, and there is no better partner than NATO."
Speaking on the eve of the NATO summit in Brussels, he spoke directly to the US, "Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe."
EU Chairs #IranDeal Ministerial Meeting
On 06 July, HRVP Federica Mogherini chaired the first ministerial level meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the body overseeing the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. In attendance were the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, China and Russia, as well as Iran.
Noting that Iran is – according to 11 consecutive reports from the International atomic Energy Agency – abiding by its commitments under the JCPOA, the ministers expressed their regret at the US withdrawal from the multilateral deal endorsed by the UN Security Council.
They agreed to continue work on concrete measures to mitigate the impact of the change of course decided by the US administration and ensure the continued full and effective implementation of the agreement.
More on the meeting here.
20th Summit between EU & Ukraine
On 9 July, in their Summit, the EU and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership based on their association agreement and discussed how to move it forward. EU and Ukraine leaders pledged to strengthen the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU. The EU reiterated its firm commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The EU also expressed its support to Ukraine's ambitious reform agenda.
The association agreement is working:
President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. President Petro Poroshenko represented Ukraine. They adopted a joint statement.
Western Balkans Summit
The London Summit on the Western Balkans was held on 9 & 10 July.
Representing the EU at the summit, HR/VP Federica Mogherini said: “In these years we have been all working together to draw the region closer and closer to the European Union, politically, economically and security-wise. And we have seen remarkable results, solutions to the most difficult bilateral issues. The Western Balkans are steadily moving forward. And today we reconfirm that we are together with the region on that path, sharing the commitment towards our common future."
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King also attended the summit together with Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and Ministers of Interior from the Western Balkans their counterparts from several EU Member States and high-level EU representatives.
EU stands ready to help in Japan
Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides following the deadly flooding and landslides in Japan
"At this difficult time, the European Union stands in full solidarity with the people of and authorities of Japan. We express our condolences to all those who lost their loved ones.
Right now our thoughts are with the brave first responders, the emergency services and the volunteers who are engaged in the search and rescue operations, doing everything possible to save lives and to help people in need. The European Union stands ready to provide any assistance to our Japanese friends."
The EU-Japan Summit is postponed for a week and will take place in Tokyo.
Read the Statement here.
Plastic Free July
Here in New Zealand, people are undertaking to reduce their plastic consumption. It's likewise in the European Union. Earlier this year, the European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas. The EU wants all plastics packaging placed on the EU market to be either reusable or recycled by 2030.
It's a European Football World Cup!
#WorldCup2018 is set to be a battle of the Euros! After France bet Belgium yesterday, we're waiting to see who is next to make it to the final – England or Croatia? Who will take to the streets like the French did?
Dumont d'Urville Applications Open 26 July!
Applications for the next round of funding through the Dumont d'Urville programme are about to open. French partners of bilateral research projects can apply for financial support of up to 10 000 EUR (17 000 NZD) per year. This is to cover travel and accommodation costs. All scientific fields are welcome to apply, especially projects involving young researchers and doctoral students.
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